This Week at the Movies (Aug. 7, 2020)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Aug. 7, 2020

Limited (United States)

Black Water: Abyss

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A decent B-movie experience.

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Never tries to be much beyond a slice of B-movie man-versus-nature terror, but it does what it does effectively and efficiently, providing tension, scares, and gnashing crocodile teeth

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Debicki and Sutherland enjoy a beautiful give and take while Jagger enjoys a sympathy for the devil…But one begins to wonder if Bang is simply being typecast as shallow art world figures or if the actor himself is merely glib.

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Do the powerful own a monopoly on truth? The optimists out there may be vexed with director Giuseppe Capotondi’s answer to that question.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The film offers one hypnotic twist after another.

I Used to Go Here

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a film whose chuckles arrive more from the quirks of character than the situations they find themselves in… Rey’s writing is like a series of gentle waves which lift her players up before setting them down again.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Gillian Jacobs is a national treasure.

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

Out Stealing Horses

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: an affecting coming of age tale about how an affair affects two boys in different families. Unfortunately the adaptation…has excised enough of the story that the film is narratively disjointed…

The Tax Collector

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The Tax Collector doesn’t add up to all that much, especially compared to David Ayer’s more successful attempts at exploring similar themes. But if you are a fan of David Ayer’s particular brand of slime and grime, it will offer some trashy entertainment.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: She Dies Tomorrow(2020)

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Reviews: Yes, God, Yes (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …it is Dyer’s talent with expressive facial reactions, especially those of the naively clueless variety, that is the film’s biggest asset.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Actress Natalia Dyer’s performance is at once shy, heartfelt, and authentic.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: A typical teenage coming-of-age tale where an impressionable, young woman experiences a stuttering sexual awakening. The twist is the awakening occurs smack in the middle of Jesus camp.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The comedy that arises from making the sweetest, most innocent girl on-screen watch as the others engage in clandestinely hedonistic pleasures from afar is boundless.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: The Souvenir (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: In her first leading role, Swinton Byrne, her only prior experience playing her mother’s daughter in “I Am Love,” is a revelation, her passion outweighing any lack of confidence, her naïveté endearing, her need to believe in her lover heartbreakingly relatable.
  • Courtney Howard @ AwardsCircuit.com
    • Excerpt: Hogg’s slow-burning, coming-of-age drama feels like a lived-in experience – one that’s simultaneously heartbreaking and heartening.
  • [New] | Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: We shake our heads at what Julie does, but it’s not because her actions are unbelievable. It’s precisely because we’ve made those same mistakes that she demands our empathy.
  • Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: I wasn’t dazzled as much as disappointed that it told us so little about Hogg’s inner feelings in a film that was so personal.

Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 4, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Martian

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

From Our Members’ Desks (Aug. 3, 2020)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #38: Favorite Clive Owen Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Amulet

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #14

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 2004

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Catacombs

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Catacombs packs its runtime with a dose of Gothic religious history and explores the Roman Catholic Church’s repression of desire and sexuality.

Historical Movies Where The ‘Hero’ Is The Wrong Person

Mike McGranaghan @ Ranker

Midsommar

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: One woman’s journey to a remote Swedish village helps reveal to her an existence outside of American patriarchy and toxic men.

The Rental

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The sharing economy today is all horrific and terror-filled in Dave Franco’s The Rental.

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

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This Week at the Movies (Jul. 31, 2020)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Jul. 31, 2020

Wide (United States)

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Limited (United States)

The Fight

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …it is almost traumatic to be reminded of just how long and how often we have been battered with assaults upon justice and equal rights. Yet overall, the documentary slants toward hope.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Don’t miss one of 2020’s most indispensable documentaries.

Rebuilding Paradise

Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Poignant documentary about how the California community nearly destroyed by fire bands together.

Summerland

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While Swale’s construction leans towards the obvious and her third act tragedy rather callously sets the stage for her happy ending, her ingenious use of the Fata Morgana phenomenon shakes her protagonist out of her self absorption and lifts her tale into the realm of wonder.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Gemma Arterton gives one of the year’s best performances here, in a story that tugs on your heartstrings in spite of a few general cliches.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Palm Springs (2020)

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  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Palm Springs is a lovely and joyful picture that takes a classic formula, and makes it feel fresh while smartly tapping into all the things that made that formula so effective in the first place. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are thoroughly charming.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: When romantic comedies are done well, they give us an emotional high.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Here’s a terrific film that manages to subvert a particular sub-genre of film, and deliver on being an ambitious romantic comedy.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Is it so unbelievable to think Palm Springs might be one of the best movies of 2020? Nope.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Ultimately, Palm Springs finds hope in the meaning of going through this experience – an exaggerated metaphor for life – with someone else. The movie comes to the conclusion that doing it alone is a fate worse than death.

Reviews: Extraction (2020)

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Reviews: Amulet (2020)

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